Key notes from yesterday's FGDC Steering Committee meeting:

NOTES  - FGDC Steering Committee Meeting 06/16/17
Meeting Location:  Department of Transportation

Jennifer Gimbel, Chair, FGDC Steering Committee announced her resignation from the Committee; Camille Touton will serve as acting Chairman

FGDC Current Activity Highlights (Ivan DeLoatch, Executive Secretary FGDC)

*         Upcoming NGAC paper on the NSDI initiative and Dashboard (

*         NSDI survey - goal is to develop the implementation plan by the end of year 2016

*         Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO) - focus on "Data Acquisitions as a Service"

o   Multi-agency use contracts supporting data acquisition services

o   Prototype Geoplatform page is currently in development

o   Will include enhanced Marketplace capabilities (currently, three contracts are available)
Votes were cast to renaming Biota Theme to Biodiversity and Ecosystems

Updates on NSDI National Address data theme (co-led by DOT and Census) - developing a National Address data set
National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) Report (Julie-Sweetkind Singer, Chair)

*         Focused discussions held on NSDI Framework/Transition plan (see meeting notes:

*         David Rumsey Map Center Grand Opening event at Stanford University mentioned (
Geodetic Control NGDA Theme Report (Dan Roman, NOAA)

*         Passive geodetic control data set (horizontal datum) will be superseded in 2022
Geospatial Platform Report (Jerry Johnston, DOI)

*         Moving capability into shared infrastructure - have several shared geospatial data acquisition contracts across FGDC agencies:  USGS, NOAA, USACE (

*         New prototype dashboard:  Geoplatform (

*         Improved capability to harvest metadata
Open Water Data Initiative Report (Vicki Lukas, USGS)

*         Open Water Data Initiative - purpose is "integrate currently fragmented water information into a connected, national water data framework infrastructure and tools to underpin innovation, modeling, data sharing, and solution development" (

*         Water Quality Portal - cooperative service (USGS, EPA, NWQMC) provides access to data collected from state, federal, tribal, and local agencies (
3D Elevation Program (3DEP) Report (Vicki Lukas, USGS)

*         3DEP is a partnership program; utilized data from interested agencies (National Enhanced Elevation Assessment) to design program (

*         Partnering (Broad Agency Announcement 2015) with other federal agencies to acquire high quality 3D elevation data, including Lidar (